Inglourious Basterds filming in my neighborhood

As you can tell from this photo, I did not get any fabulous photos of Brad Pitt

This morning my husband called me to let me know he spotted a small sign that said “Set” outside in our neighborhood in Berlin. He approached the guy standing nearby in an orange vest to ask which film was being shot and he showed him his security tag which read “Inglourious Basterds,” (I can’t confirm the spelling on that as I didn’t ask, but other official documents have it spelled that way.)

Of course I went down to the set all excited with the fancy new camera my husband bought us for the Burn After Reading premiere. My son’s babysitter is sick today so I brought him with me with some snacks and games. It’s pretty cold today but he was bundled up. (He does have a hat and gloves, but he kept taking them off as you can see in the photos.)

There were white trucks around with signs in the front windows like “rigging” and “production.” The catering truck was right near the front and was setting up, and security guys milled around. The entrance to the Grunewald, or the forest, was blocked off at the end of the street and we stood around there and waited. It’s an area closed to cars with footpaths where people walk their dogs and run. There is a nice historic hunting lodge down that unpaved road on the Grunewaldsee lake. I thought they might be filming there.

I waited with my son, who ran around, played and was surprisingly patient. After about four hours, at 2pm our time (it’s 6 hours later than EST here), the catering van started to pack up and we were told that all the crew was pretty disappointed as they wouldn’t be filming there after all. A nice security guy who was talking to us said that they would be on the stage inside tomorrow and weren’t sure where they would be after that or if they would return, as they usually just find out every day. At first I thought it was a put on and they were just trying to get rid of us, although I was the only sort-of paparazzo there and the location must have been a secret. The catering van really was putting things away though and they seemed earnest about the fact that they had to leave.

Since I spent four hours doing that this morning I may as well post these super exciting pictures of the catering van, the security guys’ backs, and the guy who was talking to us and playing with my son. He said it would be fine if I put up his picture – thanks Ruben! I didn’t get to see Brad Pitt, Til Schweiger or even Quentin Tarantino, but at least my neighborhood is thought to be cool enough for a Hollywood movie to film here – even if it didn’t end up happening today. I’ll keep an eye out and keep you posted.

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  1. Kaiser says:

    Aw, your son’s a cutie. BTW, my favorite pic is the one of a solitary orange cone. Poetic composition! πŸ˜€

    Seriously, you should look for them at the Berlin sex shops.

  2. Mia says:

    You live in Berlin?! Lucky:)

  3. xiaoecho says:

    But where are you CB?

  4. Celebitchy says:

    Somebody had to take the pictures! Add me on facebook/myspace for pics of me. πŸ™‚

  5. geronimo says:

    Too funny, this post! Celebrity stalking for all the family.

    Now, back to picking on people’s parental skills: let’s see… warmly dressed, smiling, looks content..WAIT! that little cutie could ZOMG open up that purse and swallow a coin…. 😯 πŸ˜€

  6. Sarah says:

    CB, I am sort of jealous. Not really on you, but on the fact that I’ve been to the Grunewald a million times and NOTHING ever happen to be exciting there. LOL!! Yes, keep us posted! Though, it might have been boring for you, it is rather exciting for us! πŸ˜€ Oh, and your son is such a cutie pie!

    Kaiser, πŸ˜† LOL for your cone comment!! πŸ˜†

  7. xiaoecho says:

    what does ZOMG mean??

  8. Kaiser says:

    Have you girls seen this?,,20236163,00.html

    I swear, I think Clint’s marriage is going to be the next one that Angie ZOMG HOMEWRECKS.

  9. Anni says:

    CB: Your son is so cute! I sent you a friend request on Facebook (Anna Be….)

  10. daisy424 says:

    Thanks for the dogged dedication to your AJ/BP admirers CB, you’re quite the trooper and so is your darling son πŸ˜‰

  11. Sarah says:

    xiaoecho: ZOMG = Superlative of “Oh my God” whereby the Z is (to my knowledge) not really defined as a specific word.

  12. geronimo says:

    xia – ZOMG is an extra outraged call-in-the-police OMG. Has its origins in seriously deranged comments fron anti-AJ posters on the J-P threads. We’ve adopted it and made it our own for when something is ‘pretend’ outrageous. It’s just for fun. 8)

  13. Kaiser says:

    Yeah! Geronimo got a new Gravitar! Hurrah!

    Man, this is not only a slow celebrity news day, it’s a slow regular news day. F-ck it, I’m leaving to go read Slate.

  14. Kolby says:

    Good gracious, CB, your son is the spitting image of my younger step-brother. I’ll have to someday post some pictures of him (he’s 17) on my Facebook so you can see.

  15. Syko says:

    Adorable kid, CB!

    Kaiser, I’m a big Slate fan too!

  16. Celebitchy says:

    Kaiser and everybody I’m super sorry that there aren’t more stories today. I am working hard at a kid’s playplace trying to get some stuff out but it is not easy. My laptop blew out this weekend so I’m on a borrowed one and my son’s babysitter is sick. I pretty much blew the whole morning waiting in vain for Brad Pitt. It wasn’t the first time, probably won’t be the last. πŸ˜†

  17. california angel says:

    Your boy is adorable.My friend got a picture of the back of Brad’s head from afar in Rome while he was filming Ocean’s 12. I’m pretty sure she made some sort of shrine out of it. πŸ˜† (edited)

  18. Sickitten says:

    What a gorgeous child! You should of just given him the camera & he woulda waltzed right onto set. Man, your kid is just a winner!

  19. I choose me says:

    Handsome little boy you’ve got there CB. @Kaiser and Syko. Add me to the Slate love. Do you read Dear Prudence?

  20. Syko says:

    @IChooseMe – I read it all! And e-mail the articles that grab me to my friends.

    @CB – a morning waiting for Brad Pitt is not a wasted morning! No apologies needed!

  21. Kaiser says:

    @CB – Oh, I wasn’t complaining about it, seriously. I was in the mood to surf smutty gossip and it just seemed like *every* celebrity and political site was really boring. If you can’t take a few hours to stalk Brad Pitt, why live in this world? πŸ˜†

    @Syko, I choose – I go back and forth on my Slate love. I really can’t stand the columns by Christopher Hitchens or Ron Rosenbaum, but I adore Jack Shafer and John Dickenson. So basically, I enjoy most of the political coverage, but I find their features & arts stories a bit pretentious. For real political smut, I love Wonkette.

  22. Mike says:

    that kid will be the next Macaully Calkin

  23. Syko says:

    Oh god, I hope not, Mike – McCauley didn’t turn out so well.

  24. TD says:

    Hello CB, I thought you were living in Switzerland with your husband and son. Did you move to Germany or did I get that wrong?

  25. Mezzro says:

    Where’s your smiling mug, CB? Inquiring minds want to know. ;-)) Adorable child.

  26. Celebitchy says:

    TD we used to live in switzerland but moved here almost a year ago. Daisy thanks – I was such a fangirl that I probably would have stood there waiting even without the site!

    Thanks for all the adds on facebook!

  27. blaugrau says:

    I can see the “deutsch” in your son. What a cutie! I also live in Berlin! In which neighborhood do you live? Maybe I can rent a helicopter to take some photos;-). But I’ve already seen Quentin Tarantino, it was in a bar near to Hackescher Markt. He actually looked like a nice, normal guy.

  28. Anni says:

    You canΒ΄t see “the deutsch” in people.

  29. Granger says:

    CB, I lived in Switzerland for a short time (six months) — not far from Vevey, in a small community called Territet. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I used to go for a daily morning walk up the mountain behind our apartment. I still miss it!

    And you have one heck of a cute kid. πŸ˜€

  30. jennifer says:

    cb_your kid is adorable..keep stalking for us lol

  31. JayBird says:

    Brad Pitt is REALLY going out of his way to avoid you lately!